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With this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence (GBV) campaign starting today, some artists in the country have joined in the campaign by utilising their talents to disseminate information calling upon people to end GBV.

Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare Minister Patricia Kaliati has challenged women to be a source of change if the country is to win the war against GBV.

Musician Sulu has a track to her credit titled ‘Ndalephera’ which she dropped early this year.

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“It is a song that I specifically recorded targeting GBV campaign. The song basically looks at the challenges that women go through and I have singled out a story of a woman, who is abused in marriage and now she talks about being fed up hiding everything to people and how people from his family thought he was a caring man,” the artist said.

She said in ending GBV, voices have to come from all angles including the creative sector.

“As an artist, I thought I should join in disseminating information in ending GBV. We are there to entertain but also at the same time tackle various issues to bring about change,” Sulu said.

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Some visual artists have also stepped in to fight GBV by creating a mural having secured funding from Save the Children.

“This year once more, I managed to secure some funding through Save the Children to work on artworks ending GBV in coordination with Ministry of Gender,” visual artist Evelyn Chisambiro said.

She said their project was in tandem with this year’s theme.

“We are working on this year’s artworks with Madalitso Ziwaoh and Prudence Dziopani under the Save the Children project called Screp, who work on ending violence against children,” Chisambiro said Thursday.

She said the project of the mural is taking place in Dedza and that they have been working since Tuesday and will finish today.

“Apart from the mural, we will also produce three paintings. The messages on the paintings centre around the picture of GBV and its effects on children. We also thought of looking at the effects of GBV on both girls and boys,” Chisambiro said.

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